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“Perfect 1st stop for our honeymoon safari!”
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Tortilis Camp
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Reviewed 10 February 2014

After doing extensive research for our honeymoon safari, I know we couldn't have chosen a better place to start off our trip. Amboseli's wildlife is not as dense as some other areas, but you still see plenty, especially elephants. To preface, we did a 10 day/9 night safari and stayed 3 nights each at Amboseli, Meru and Masai Mara, each at Cheli & Peacock properties and can't say anything but good things! If you are considering booking C&P, do it - top notch service, facility, accommodation, game drives, while caring and giving back to the environment and community.

Tortilis is beautiful. From picking you up from the airstrip, you already start on your first game drive. We were lucky to see Mt. Kilimanjaro right away and thankfully our guide for that drive pointed it out for us to take notice as apparently it often hides behind the clouds (such was the case for the rest of our trip except for the very last morning!).

Upon arriving at the camp we were greeted by the camp managers, Peter and Daniella with a welcome drink, and then intro to the amenities and how everything works - meal times, game drives, laundry, etc. To break it down for you...

Days start with a 6am 'wake up call'... at the dinner the night before, a server will come around and take your order for the next morning of tea or coffee, this will be delivered to your tent at 6am along with cookies (this camp had shortbread, yum!). It's a very nice way to start the morning! Then you will make your way to the camp entrance for your 6:30am game drive. Unless you have booked a private vehicle or if you have brought your own driver/guide, depending on occupancy, it could just be your party in the vehicle (it's a Toyota Land Cruiser) or it can sit up to 6 passengers. Each seat is comfortable as the seats are progressively raised so you get great views even from the back, albeit a little more bumpy. It was perfect for us as we were with one couple and a single traveler for the first 2 days and then since our stays overlapped differently, we had the vehicle and our guide to ourselves the last day.

Leparis (sorry, not sure of the spelling!) was our guide the whole time and he was excellent. He is from the Masai Mara but has been a guide in Amboseli for some time and definitely knows the area well. You can tell from talking with him that he really loves to show you the wildlife and gives you so much information about the surroundings and their habits. I feel like I learned so much on this trip!

After hearing from another couple who had done it, we decided to do the Masai village visit and also visited the school that Tortilis/C&P supports in the area. I would definitely recommend doing this. The head of the school met us and showed us the classrooms and explained what kind of classes they teach and it was really nice to meet people who do such good work and also the children. From there we drove to the Masai village where they greeted us with a dance, we got to (try to) jump with them and then they showed us how they build their homes and how they make fire. It does end with a market visit where the women display their crafts and beadwork. There is a community price list that they show you beforehand and although we had heard otherwise, we found them to be very low pressure on the sales and we didn't feel like anything was pushed on us at all. It was very nice to come away with souvenirs for friends and family and to contribute to their village in a small way. There is an entrance fee to the village and this was $20 USD per person. If you want any more info on this experience, feel free to message me!

Back to Tortilis... Food wise, it was excellent. Just to note, it's all Italian food so if you're expecting to eat local Kenyan food, this is not the case. Most breakfasts are done while on game drives but this doesn't mean you're missing out on anything... Tea, coffee, juice boxes, yogurt, fresh fruit, bacon, sausages, hard boiled eggs, bread. Just about anything you could want! For lunch it is a buffet with fresh salads, pastas, all sorts of items, really great. Dinner is a plated meal and it is delicious. The dining room seats you according to your tents so it isn't communal dining. The first night we were there only a few tables were seated so it felt empty, but it filled up the 2nd and 3rd nights and especially nice after we got to know some people. Our last night they surprised us by setting up a private table by the fire which we thought might get smokey but was actually a perfect way to dine under the stars and watching the watering hole. We loved it!

The length of game drives somewhat depends on you, but usually are from 6:30-10am, then you are back at Tortilis to rest, relax and enjoy, then head up for lunch at 1pm (very hot in the afternoon which makes the walk up the hill tiring!). Lunch is a buffet with the freshest salads! They have a large garden where they grow plenty of produce and even have avocado and papaya trees. All water is filtered and drinking water is double filtered so no worries there. They also provide you with refillable containers for you to use during your stay (eco-bags which are green, light and have a carabiner if you want to clip it to your bag). There is also refillable water during your game drives that your guide has in a cooler if you need it. Drinks here were in addition to the package price and that was the only thing you had to pay extra for. Laundry is included but limited to 6 pieces per person and they do not launder underwear, although detergent is provided in the tent washroom for you to do it yourself.

After lunch, it's more resting or you can take a dip in the pool (we never ended up doing this) and then your afternoon game drive starts around 4pm and ends with a sundowner, getting back to the camp by 7-7:30 in time to shower and get to dinner at 8pm. We didn't find this to be a super social camp and not many people took advantage of the 7-8pm canapes and drinks in the lounge as they did in the other camps we went to so we found it to be a little more private.

One thing to note is that Amboseli is very dusty. It might sound silly to say, but especially if you do a bush walk, you will get covered in dust! We chose to do this (our guide was Jackson, he is great!) and the dust even went through my shoes and my socks were covered in it! The bush walk was very safe and we didn't encounter any animals up close, it was mainly to get a tour of the garden, see animal tracks and dung up close and get a little exercise.

I could go on and on about Tortilis but I've already written quite an essay... if anyone has any questions about the services offered, the facilities, guides, the school or village visit or other, please feel free to private message me and I'll answer as best I can!

Room Tip: All tents are pretty much the same high standard. We were in tent 4 but heard that from tent 1 you c...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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CheliPeacockKenya, Manager at Tortilis Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2014

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a detailed review - we're sure many viewers will find it incredibly useful. So glad that Pieter & Daniella held the fort so capably in our absence!
With best wishes
Andrea & Manuela

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Reviewed 5 February 2014

Although the whole staff was great! Our hosts Andrea and Manuela and our driver/guide Joel really made the stay marvelous! Andrea and Manuela always asked the right question to make sure our stay was going well and Joel was a font of knowledge and really worked to get us right to the best sites to take photos.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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CheliPeacockKenya, Manager at Tortilis Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2014

Thank you for your lovely & flattering review! We are so happy you enjoyed your stay with our team here at Tortilis.
With warmest wishes
Andrea & Manuela

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Reviewed 28 January 2014

Our family of five was very happy with the Tortilis safari at Amboseli in Jan 2014. Tents: very good. Hillside setting, facing Kilimanjaro: spectacular. This is a well maintained camp and has suitable size (50 % smaller than Mara Safari Club), delightful bar and restaurant with great views. And: We enjoyed the best food we had on this trip, the Italian management clearly makes a difference here. The level plain/savannah setting and animal population sufficiently different from Masai Mara to sustain our delight in the game drives. LOTS of elephant UP CLOSE. Also cheetahs and lions, and lots of birds to observe. Very good guide here too. Slightly better version (seating) of the Land Cruiser 4x4 than at Masai Mara (Land Rover would have been even better). Everything served up with the backdrop of Kilimanjaro. We really enjoyed the surprise bush breakfast. The walking safari was a small disappointment, as it amounted to a vegetable garden visit with a hike up a hill (for really spectacular sundowner experience, though, to which other guests came by 4x4). Free laundry service was welcome, but ironing was poor. Clearly a step up from Mara Safari Club (and if you do them both, got to do our itinerary in this order or else one would be disappointed going to Mara Safari Club after Tortilis). Question is, whether it is worth the extra cost… Would give full 5 points if it weren't as costly as it is.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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CheliPeacockKenya, Manager at Tortilis Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2014

Thank you so much for taking time to write your detailed review. Sorry we are so late in responding but we have been on leave. Thank you for the tip on ironing - we've already done a refresher course & are now back on track!
Best wishes
Andrea & Manuela

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Reviewed 27 January 2014

Tortillas Camp was our first safari experience and was an excellent way to learn how safaris work.. The managers, the staff and most of all, the guides were wonderful - out and about our guide was patient, , knowledgeable, able to predict so much about the animals and their behaviour. The accommodation was great, with privacy and peacefulness helping make this a relaxing experience. The meals and housekeeping were extremely good - really tasty meals. Our trip to the Masai Village was fascinating and taught us the importance of bargaining. It was good to know Manuela and Andrea were meeting with the people to emphasise the importance of good business skills with tourists and good to know that whatever we spent was being shared in the group. Remember to bargain.

Room Tip: All tents are "down the hill" - all private and all with interesting wildlife experiences.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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CheliPeacockKenya, Manager at Tortilis Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2014

Thank you so much for taking time to write your review. We're very lucky to have such a great team here & we're all delighted you enjoyed your stay so much.
With best wishes
A&M

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Reviewed 26 January 2014 via mobile

My hosts Andrea and Manuela made me feel like part of the family. The tent, the grounds top notch. The food delicious. The staff in complete was incredible and my guide Alex, showed me so much. The bush breakfast, all all the animals.

  • Stayed: January 2014
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CheliPeacockKenya, Manager at Tortilis Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2014

Thank you so much for your great review - very happy to hear you felt part of our incredible family!
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

We recently stayed at Tortilis Camp and am very happy to report that it is a wonderful place to stay....very welcoming staff under the discreet management of Manuela and Andrea. From the moment we were picked up by Alex - our guide for 3 days - we knew this would be a really enjoyable stay.

The really attractive asset that this camp has over others in the area, is that it is remote and indeed, has it's own exclusive access to a Maasai Conservancy, meaning, you're on your own. Travelling further east, back past the airstrip and Observation Hill, you re-join the sometimes, 'madding crowd', which does sometimes make you wonder what effect this is having on the wildlife.

We had room 1, closest to the dining and bar area - this has a fine view of the watering hole and on clear days, Kilimanjaro. The elephants came each evening, regular as clockwork for a quick drink, then off back in to the bush.

Even though the 'migration' was yet to return due to the prolonged rains, we saw plenty of animal life, including cheetah, hundreds of elephants - (always a relief), hippos, hyaena, gazelles, impalas, bird life a plenty, etc etc.

Do take time to take advantage of having a walk in the conservancy with your guide - opens up another aspect of your visit particularly when you learn there is a pride of lions that frequent the area (currently on vacation though, following the migration).

There is a lovely pool area - which we didn't use, other than to watch the birdlife skimming the surface for insects and the cheeky mongooses who live in and around the pool.

The 'sundowner hill' is a beautiful spot as you'll see in the attached photos.....

......if you're thinking about going, don't hesitate, you'll love it.

Room Tip: room 1 is closest to the central area but if you go to bed early (most people do) you can hear the b...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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CheliPeacockKenya, Manager at Tortilis Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2014

Thank you so much for your kind review. We feel very fortunate to be located in such a beautiful, exclusive area looking up to magnificent Mt Kilimanjaro. We hope you can make it back sometime - Karibu!

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Reviewed 2 January 2014

Tortilis Camp is very special. This was the third of four camps we stayed at and by far the nicest. The tents are essentially a tent motif with a wooden structure. They are really nice with all amenities including regular hot and cold running water and electricity. The Italian management is delightful, warm, and friendly people. Staff work together and provide the utmost hospitable feeling with great service. Reasonable disatnce, but not the most privacy we had ( Ol's Pejeta Camp won that).

I really admire their commitment to the environment including giving you refillable water bottles with plenty of places to refill them. They are involved in many commununity development and conservation programs in the area. Very cool.

The make a lot of homemade pasta, grow their own vegetables, and bake the most delicious food. The salad greens, gown in their own garden (small farm) where the most delicious I have had anywhere. Their Italian meals would be a treat in Italy. They served East African food the second night and it was good, but as good as other places we ate during the trip. You won't be disappointment though. Breakfast was the standard buffet, but everything was fresh and tasty. Good omelets. Made one with egg whites for me. Manga bene.

Our guide Joel was just great. He was perfect guide and a really nice guy. The other drivers follow him. We saw a lot of wildlife, many elephants. He treated us to a surprise sundowner that was just magnificent. We had great conversations. He kept us out of the mud when others were getting stuck and negotiated our way to Tanzania.

We visited a local Maasai village which is another great opportunity to learn and enjoy the people as well as the wildlife.

I recommend this place. It doesn't have that real bush camp feel, though the grounds are lovely, especially if you can see Mt Kilimanjaro. Except for the short uphill walk to the main buildings from the "tents", there are no rough edges. You can see see elephants, giraffes and just about any other beast for the dining room balcony and almost any tent at some point

If wanting a bush camp experience is part of fantasy, and it should, then Tortilis Camp may fall short because it is just too perfect. Your are going to like this place a lot. I would also recommend Ol'Pejeta (Nanyuki) and Duma Camps (Maasai Mara) to get the bush camp intimacy and "in the wilds" experience, while still maintaining creature comforts.

Have an amazing time.

Room Tip: Can't go wrong. We had room 1. Great!
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CheliPeacockKenya, Manager at Tortilis Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2014

Thank you so much for taking time to write such a detailed review. We're delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and enjoyed all the wonderful produce from our vegetable garden. We are lucky to have such a great team working here - we've shared your review with them and they are also very happy to read how much you enjoyed your stay. Asante sana!

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Address: Amboseli National Park, 00517, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Amboseli Eco-system
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 20 Speciality Lodging in Amboseli Eco-system
Price Range: £325 - £1,621 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Tortilis Camp 5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Amboseli is best known for its unrivaled views of Kilimanjaro and the local elephant population. There are over 1000 elephants in the park eco-system, featuring some of the largest elephants in Africa. Tortilis Camp is named after the flat-topped, umbrella thorn tree, the Acacia Tortilis, and is situated in one of Amboseli's areas of Acacia Tortilis woodland, with the majestic backdrop of Africa's highest mountain, and the World’s highest free-standing mountain, snow-capped Kilimanjaro. ... more   less 
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